Ferrell leaning on intangibles to impress during NBA workouts #iubb

Yogi Ferrell is using the NBA workout circuit as a venue to showcase his intangible qualities.

As a prospect on the fringes of the NBA Draft’s second round, Ferrell is trying to complement his skill package with energy and vocal leadership as he grinds through the next two weeks of team workouts.

The former Indiana point guard visited with the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, and told reporters he has “six or seven” additional workouts scheduled ahead of the June 23 NBA Draft. That includes Thursday’s reported visit with the Washington Wizards.

After beginning the pre-draft workout process in recent weeks, Ferrell says there are common themes on the checklists of NBA evaluators who have watched his sessions.

“Do you have something that another point guard doesn’t have, and do you do that thing well?” Ferrell said. “I think that’s the biggest thing that teams in the NBA want to see. So you have to find a way to try and impress them with your ability on the court.”

That can often be a challenging proposition in a loose, 3-on-3 workout, but Ferrell says he’s aiming to compensate with the leadership qualities he honed during his four-year career at IU.

“I’m a vocal leader and I’m loud to my guys,” he said. “I’ll get on guys. The biggest thing is going into the game and trying to change the dynamic of it, whether we’re up or down, just finding different ways to add energy to the team.”

He’s doing that while also trying to refine a couple parts of his floor game.

“What I’m working on is reading ball screens — different ball-screen reads,” Ferrell said. “This is a ball-screen league. I’m working on my pace, going from slow to fast and not playing 100 miles per hour and kind of slowing down a bit.”

Ferrell, who left Indiana as the program’s career assist leader, said his four years spent under coach Tom Crean positioned him well for the grind of NBA team workouts.

“What I took away from Indiana is hard work (and) working every single day,” Ferrell said. “Coming from coach Crean, a great coach, I feel like he developed me to be the best point guard possible. I trusted him, I trusted the coaching staff and I feel like the biggest thing there is development. They really develop people.”